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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by erix, Mar 9, 2020.
I'd love to have that piece of jarrah in my inventory.
Thanks for the links folks!
Sorry Mr. Wallet....
Dang...! Wood envy is REAL. Great plan and good luck!
Got some time to tonight to cut up some wood...
29" long - just in case...
Maple ripped in thirds, two 1/8" slices of the edge of jarrah and clean up the remaining faces.
Tablesaw planing with a fresh freud ripping blade!
Two 1/2" thk fretboard blanks.
Ripped the maple down to samewidth as the jarrah strips. Save the scraps to cover the ends of the jarrah at the headstock.
Fretboards thinned down to ~7/16".
I'll be cloning this neck - a warmoth 24.75" scale in standard thin profile.
Probably be able to see the line of those scrap additions but... you can on that custom shop Les Paul too!
If this laminated neck goes to crap I'll use this one!
Oh! And Monday Dan at Guitar Wood Experts will be sending me this fine specimen for the top!
This is really "cool". I love a guitar with a story!
Well, looks like I'm going to have three weeks at home. I'm glad UPS is able to move about the country though - yesterday I got some birdseye from GWE:
What lovely boards! Nicely sanded, no tear out on the faces.
But there's trouble. The boards have a bit o' the twist and a little cupping. At just a hair over 3/8" I don't think I have much room to plane it out. Also there is a bit of dark heartwood on the back of one side and I'd hate to bring that to light during the planing process.
Now, it was raining yesterday and it sat outside for a bit but it feels light and dry. I have it sitting on a bench under a heater vent for the last 24 hours and it has flattened out quite a bit but I don't think it will go back to as flat as it was.
So! I'm going to cut it down to the same size (or smaller) than the mahogany blank and maybe some of the most twisted parts will be cut off. Next I'm thinking I could prop it up with shims and hot glue it to a big flat plank and router plane it down on the back side till it is flat enough to glue. I might have to take off 1/8" or more which should make it more formable for the glue up. Then I'll let it sit for a while while I lighten the mahogany blank. Last step rip and sand the seam edges, and glue and clamp with as many clamps and heavy objects as I can find!
Anyone have other ideas?
I have some highly figured maple. I had some result by clamping the lumber to a stable board of the same size. I had some 2inch sapele that I clamped it to. This particular piece of maple was 2.5 inches thick and I took it to my local cabinet maker to be ripped into two 3/4 inch pieces. I had to sign a waver in case it came out so twisted as to be unusable. It came out ok. I was using a piece on my dulcimer build and when I thinned it down to 1/8 of an inch it became unusable...cracks developed. The birds eye should be a lot more stable than what I have. I had really good results with clamping overnight with a piece that was 3/16 thick. It came back to dead flat from warping and cupping.
Yikes - cracks! hadn't thought of that!
This is looking so good!
If you can get the two bookmatches joined cleanly, they are thin enough that with proper cauls and clamping, you should be able to get that flat on the body. Dampening the convex side prior to gluing and clamping with heavy cauls should also help.
Thanks Jim. I'm soooooo ready to make sawdust!
I'll reemphasize that you need really heavy cauls or bowed cauls (like BowClamp if commercial) to make sure that panel understands clearly that it IS going to be flat once the glue cures. Pressure has to be even including in the middle.
My cracks formed around the holds I drilled and the area I was working....but this piece did have some cupping. This was very bad wood for a sound board anyway. I am sure you will not have this problem. Also not sure if it makes any difference but this piece of wood was milled 60 years ago and just stored in a residential garage.
You may wanna check my Les Moore thread.Laminated maple for the back of an LP clone.Was 5/16 thick and after glue up put a wet rag over each convex and my GE iron.Relaxed almost flat then clamped it to the body blank for 24hrs.Stayed almost dead flat until glue up
Thanks Dave, I'll do some reading tonight!
That's some fantastic looking wood!
Beautiful flame and bird-eyes.
Good old Mother Nature is pitching in on this one .
I am really looking forward to this starting to come together, the wood is all looking so fantastic.